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Universal Orlando Resort™

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

Take your holiday to the next level at Universal Orlando Resort. With three amazing theme parks - Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, spectacular hotels and more, it’s days and nights of endless fun for every member of the family.

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Essential Information for Universal Orlando Resort

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Flight information
9-10h
Orlando (MCO)
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Daily flights to Orlando from across the UK.
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Do I need a Visa?

Yes. You'll need to obtain approval no less than 72 hours prior to travel to the US via the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme.

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Exclusive v-hub

Stay at any Universal Orlando Resort hotel and you'll have access to our lounge at Universal's Aventura Hotel, exclusive to Virgin Holidays customers. 

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Next-level Adventure: Highlights of Universal Orlando Resort

Hold on tight, you’re in for quite a ride... Visiting Universal Orlando Resort is a full-throttle, blow-your-mind, never-to-be-forgotten holiday like no other. There are three incredible theme parks: jump into the movies at Universal Studios Florida, meet dinosaurs and Super Heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and hit the waves at Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park.

Make the most of your holiday by staying in the thick of the action. From budget-friendly to pure indulgence, there’s a hotel for everyone, all offering guests exclusive benefits. Some, such as the the tropical Loews Royal Pacific Resort, the elegant and refined Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, and the laid back and cool Hard Rock Hotel® even include a FREE^ Universal Express Unlimited pass, so you can skip the regular lines at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. (Requires theme park admission).

  • Experience the magic of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™ and Hogsmeade™ linked by the Hogwarts™ Express steam train. (additional restrictions apply). At Islands of Adventure, don't miss Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ a groundbreaking ride which brings you through the familiar corridors of Hogwarts™ castle before you take flight and zoom out onto the Quidditch™ pitch. Or follow in Harry Potter's footsteps through the streets of Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios and travel deep below Gringotts™ bank for a multi-dimensional thrill ride.
  • Join the TRANSFORMERS on a 3-D ride where you get to join Optimus Prime as he saves the planet at Universal Studios Florida.
  • For one of Universal's Islands of Adventure's biggest thrills, strap in to The Incredible Hulk Coaster® which dips and flips like it's being controlled by the Hulk himself.
  • For the first time ever, fly deep into the wilds of the Forbidden Forest, beyond the grounds of Hogwarts™ castle on Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™.
  • Combine thrills and relaxation at Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park where you can experience the power of the Krakatau Aqua Coaster. 
  • Step inside Ollivanders™, Makers of Fine Wands since 382BC, where one can be paired with an interactive wand. Here, aspiring wizards also have the chance to experience a rite of passage as the wands choose their owners. 

  • Meet Spider-Man, Captain America and other Super Heroes at Marvel Super Hero Island® in Universal's Islands of Adventure. 

  • Freedom fighters, have your cameras ready to engage: this is your chance to meet Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and the evil Megatron at Universal Studios Florida.

  • Order a mug of Butterbeer™ at Three Broomsticks™ and explore Hogsmeade™ a wizarding village near Hogwarts™ castle. Also enjoy beloved wizarding world treats like Cauldron Cakes, Fizzing Whizzbees and Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans™ at Honeydukes™.
  • Dine on pizza and pasta just like mama used to make at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. This chic retreat looks more like a charming Italian seaside village than a hotel – order a cappuccino on the pretty piazza and stop by the gelateria for a scoop or three.
  • Eat a variety of cuisines  at Universal CityWalk, the always-buzzing entertainment and dining district: Bigfire is where open fire cooking is center-stage, and elevated American fare like steaks are given the fire-kissed treatment. The phenomenon known as Voodoo Doughnut serves more than 50 types of doughnuts daily. No appetite is left unsatisfied. And indulge at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. This steampunk-style restaurant is like a dessert laboratory, inventing a sweet smorgasbord of sumptuous sundaes, sticky brownies and marvellous milkshakes.
  • Stop by Krusty Burger for a delicious burger, order a Duff beer at Moe’s Tavern, and treat yourself to mouth-wateringly scrumptious donuts at Lard Lad Donuts ... all at Springfield, U.S.A. The recreation of The Simpsons™ hometown at Universal Studios Florida is the perfect place for photo ops. (Must be 21+ to consume alcoholic beverages with valid photo ID).
  • As the stars begin to shine, see Hogwarts™ castle come to life with a dazzling display of lights and colour. The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts™ Castle spectacle (select nights) is a beautiful way to end your day at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

  • Be scared witless at Halloween Horror Nights. Universal Studios goes ghoulish on select nights from mid-September to early November. Make your way through terrifying haunted houses. Face nightmarish creatures on streets twisted into sinister scare zones. Devilishly good! 
    WARNING: SEPARATELY TICKETED EVENT. EVENT MAY BE TOO INTENSE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. NO COSTUMES OR MASKS ALLOWED.

  • Blue Man Group is part comedy. Part theatre. Part concert. And all amazing. There is a show every day at their theatre in Universal CityWalk.

  • Embrace your inner child and book your Universal holiday at Christmas – which starts in mid-November and lasts into early January.  When the sun goes down, see The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle light projection show, watch Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios and see the streets festooned with decorations and fairy lights. 

  • On select nights, don't miss Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration, a stunning light and water show which celebrates Universal movies from past and present.
  • Get ready for Florida’s biggest shindig: Universal’s Mardi Gras. On select nights in spring, New Orleans comes to Orlando – expect flamboyant fancy dress, raucous performers and live performers.
  • Catch a gig at Hard Rock Live®. Orlando’s ‘Coliseum of Rock’ at Universal CityWalk hosts some of the hottest acts around, in the coolest venue. To feel like an A-lister yourself, check-in at the hip Hard Rock Hotel®.

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^Requires theme park admission. Valid only at participating rides and attractions in Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay. Excludes separately ticketed events. Park-to-Park admission required to board the Hogwarts™ Express. Benefit valid only for guests of Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel® and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, for the number of guests staying in the room for the length of hotel stay. Available during normal theme park operating hours only. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.  

Portofino Bay Hotel and Royal Pacific Resort TM & © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture. All rights reserved. Aventura Hotel TM & © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture IV. All rights reserved. Cabana Bay Beach Resort TM & © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture II. Sapphire Falls Resort TM & © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture III. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture V. UNIVERSAL TM & © Universal Studios. ENDLESS SUMMER registered trademarks, Bruce Brown Films, LLC. All rights reserved. Hard Rock Hotel ® Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. Hard Rock Cafe, Hard Rock Live ® Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. © 2020 MARVEL. TRANSFORMERS and its logo and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2020 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. © 2020 DreamWorks LLC and Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ©2020 Voodoo Doughnut, LLC. The Simpsons TM & © 2020 Fox. © 2020 Blue Man Group Holdings, LLC. All rights Reserved. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade & Related Characters © 2020 Macy’s Inc. All rights reserved. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2020 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK have advised against all but essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected.

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Your holiday will not be going ahead as planned

Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, the Foreign Commonwealth Office have advised against all but essential travel. Therefore, with known airline cancellations, the following holidays will not go ahead as planned:

  • Any holidays departing before 27th April 2020.
  • Any Caribbean holidays departing before 1 May 2020.

We’re flexible with your holiday plans

We understand you may want to change your holiday plans. You can postpone your holiday to any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes.

For now, we do ask you not to contact us. As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have already been directly affected by cancellations. We will contact you as soon as we can, or if there are any further changes that could affect your holiday.

We know you’ll want to get this sorted as soon as possible, and we’re very grateful for your understanding.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming days and weeks with our latest advice. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

You’re good to go

In line with the advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK, and known airline cancellations, all trips booked from June onwards are currently going ahead as planned.

As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have been directly affected by cancellations.

So, for now, we ask you not to contact us. Rest assured we are contacting all of our customers by email in departure date order to support them with options, and we will absolutely let you know if your situation changes.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming weeks. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

Rebook your holiday


We are sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday. When you rebook, we’d like to gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles too.

There’s no rush. You can redeem your holiday voucher on a new booking with us any time before 31 July 2020.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Cancel your holiday


We're sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday.  

Rather than cancel, if you’d like to travel with us sometime in the future, we would still love to find a great holiday for you (and gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles as a thank you).

If you'd prefer to cancel completely, we understand. We will refund you in full. Refunds will be successfully returned in approximately 90 days.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Your holiday is in safe hands


No need to contact us. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

Change it up


You can postpone your holiday to travel any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes and our Service Team are there to help – just give us a call.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

Your holiday is in safe hands


Your holiday is scheduled to depart as booked. Continue to pay off your holiday balance with the assurance that your money is fully protected through ATOL. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

The choice is yours


No problem! To amend your holiday dates, just give us a call. Any amendments to your booking can be made for £50pp, and our Service Team can help you decide on dates, or even a different destination.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

Register yourself as away from home


If you’re abroad and your flight home has been cancelled please let us know, as relief flights will end soon.

Register as away from home

Alternatively, call our UK Duty Office on +44 0344 472 9646 (option 3) to discuss your options for getting home.

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Important information: We are working hard to help all of our customers, particularly those already on holiday or due to travel in the next 72 hours.